About the Collections

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world, and the permanent collections document its unique history of artistic activity with contemporary artists. Numbering over 5,000 objects, the collections trace many major movements in the field since 1977, and include significant works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ann Hamilton, Reverend Howard Finster, Anish Kapoor, Robert Kushner, Glenn Ligon, Robert Morris, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and Carrie Mae Weems.

In addition to completed works of art, the collections also include important documentation and process materials relating to the creative development of projects by Artists-in-Residence. These photographic, video, and process materials are available for loan and research, and provide a valuable window into the conceptual and technical development of works of contemporary art.

The collections fall into three categories:
  • Commissioned Works of Art created in the Artist-in-Residence Program, which range from large-scale installations and sculptures, to drawings and paintings, to hand screen-printed fabric garments and textiles.
  • Artist Boxes, which are assembled at the completion of each artist's residence and include samples, prototypes, swatches, and other materials related to the creative process.
  • Photography and Video Archives, which include documentation of the creative process of artist's residencies, artist and curator lectures, exhibitions, special fabrication techniques, and educational activities. Images from the photo archive are available for publication upon request; contact us at [email protected].

Video Archive